Gravity's Rainbow

botany, shoes, books, and justice

June 17, 2016 by | 0 comments

Trailer for a movie I cannot wait to see on migraine. Looks like they’re still raising $$$ to finish it. I think I’m going to have to watch this movie with some friends and a giant pile of tissues – just the trailer makes me cry. It’s simultaneously extraordinarily painful and an impossible relief to hear my experiences described by others and to see them treated with kindness and respect.

There’s a real need for stuff like this – people just don’t know what life with chronic migraine is like and so it doesn’t get the research $$$ it needs and sufferers don’t get the support they need.

Not Tonight

My library finally got Not Tonight for me yesterday. 15 pages in and have 5 post-its sticking out of the pages already! I’ve been making notes in pencil since it’s a library book – I think I’m going to have to do a lot of erasing before I turn it back in!!!

What’s this book about?

How do our entrenched ideas about mind, body, gender, and legitimacy shape what we believe about migraine?

[I]f biomedicine has discovered that migraine is “real,” why does it remain so easy to ignore, dismiss, and delegitimate? Has the “discovery” of the brain in migraine really erased the idea of the hysterical patient that is so deeply embedded in doctor-patient interactions about pain? In this book, I argue that the recent biomedicalization of migraine is not powerful enough to erase centuries of sexism in culture and in medicine. If anything, the transformation of migraine from a disorder of the mind to a disease of the brain has reified some of the same stultified ideas about gender that always made life difficult for both men and women in pain. The result has important implications for how we understand whose pain and suffering is taken seriously and whose is ignored on an individ­ual level, at the clinic, in the annals of medical journals, and by policy makers.